IERNA's Heating & Cooling Blog : Archive for July, 2014

How to Tell You Need Generator Repair

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Generators pose an interesting challenge when it comes to repairs. With most important appliances for your home, you use them on a regular basis. But with a generator, you hope that you don’t have to use it regularly. In fact, you hope that you don’t have to use it all. Its main purpose most of its lifespan is to provide you with the assurance that should your home encounter a long-term power loss, you will have a backup to keep your essential services working to protect you and your family.

And because the generator rarely needs to work, it can be difficult to tell if it requires repairs. It’s vital to know if there is a malfunction, because you don’t want to find yourself stuck in a power outage with a generator that won’t turn on. But there are some ways to tell that a generator needs preventive repairs. Contact Ierna’s Heating & Cooling whenever you think you need generator repair in Riverview, FL. We can deliver same-day emergency service.

Here’s ways to tell you need generator repairs done

  • Through regular maintenance: The best way to make sure a generator is ready to do its job when the time comes is to have it receive regular maintenance from professionals. In general, you should have maintenance done twice a year, before storm season and soon afterwards. A maintenance technician will run tests of the system to see if there are faulty connections, stale fuel, or fuel supply problems. The check after the storm season will make sure that the unit hasn’t sustained damage. Maintenance will also keep the engine lubricated and handle oil changes, which are essential for a properly operating generator.
  • Running tests on your own: Every few months, turn your generator on for a short time. Make sure that it starts quickly without encountering trouble (starting problems often indicate the fuel supply is going stale and needs re-filling) and is able to provide the power levels you need. Listen for any odd noises from the unit that could indicate wear and tear. If anything seems amiss, call for professionals right away.
  • The unit sustains damage: Make a visual check on the generator occasionally to see that it hasn’t sustained any physical damage from weather conditions or human interference. It’s a good idea to make one of these visual checks (as well as perform a test run) after any major storm—even if you didn’t experience a power outage.

We cannot emphasize enough the importance of regular generator maintenance. It is easy to let a generator slip from your thoughts during a long period of serene weather, but storms and power outages can strike suddenly, and you don’t want to discover you require repair work right when you need the generator the most.

Call up Ierna’s Heating & Cooling to arrange for maintenance today so you can have any necessary generator repair in Riverview, FL done in time for storm season.

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What’s Involved in Custom Duct Design

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Homes that use forced-air heating and air conditioning have ductwork built into them as part of their construction. But there are times when you will need to have new ductwork designed, such as when you have a major upgrade for your whole HVAC system that requires redoing the ventilation system to accommodate it. New ductwork is often necessary for extensive home remodeling jobs. And if you plan to build your own home, then new ductwork creation will be one of the major tasks of construction. (However, you do have the option during renovation and new construction to have a ductless heating and cooling system installed.)

For custom duct design in a Tampa, FL home, you can rely on the team at Ierna’s Heating & Cooling. We have EPA- and NATE-certified technicians to handle the job so that you end up with the custom ventilation system that will make sure your home “breathes” its best.

How custom duct design works

When approaching custom ductwork, the designers will first take into account the heating and cooling system in your home. If you are installing a new air conditioner or heater, try to hire the same company for the custom design of the ducts and the new comfort system installation so that the two work together.

The duct designers will then work out which materials they will use for the ducts. Most ductwork comes in three different materials: sheet metal, flexible plastic, and ductboard. For most homes, flexible ducts will take up the majority of the ventilation system, but sheet metal often forms a trunk line, and the lightweight and inexpensive nature of ductboard frequently makes for a convenient alternative.

Insulation is a key part of designing new ducts: the technicians will determine where in the house the ductwork will most likely lose the largest amount of energy, and they will supply additional insulation for those sections.

Although you can opt for pre-fabricated ductwork for a home, it is far less efficient than the custom fabrication that ductwork professionals can offer. The combination of specially-selected materials, customized insulation, and a design fit to the needs of your home and your HVAC system will mean increased comfort and a significant reduction in the energy loss from the ventilation system.

We have the certifications and experience with ventilation and comfort systems to ensure you top-quality work.

 For superior custom ductwork call Ierna’s Heating & Cooling to set up an appointment with our specialists in custom duct design in Tampa, FL.

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How Does Mobile Home Air Conditioning Work

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Your mobile home may be a bit smaller than some other houses, but this doesn’t mean your air conditioning options are limited. Surprisingly enough, there are several options available to you for mobile home air conditioning installation in Wesley Chapel.

While some mobile home owners may believe window air conditioners are a good choice, this is often not the case. Window units can be noisy and inefficient, requiring several units to match the cooling capacity of one of the indoor air handlers of a central or ductless system. Professional installation of one of the following options may be a better idea for your new mobile home air conditioning system.

Central Air Conditioning

Central split-system air conditioning is a popular choice for residential installation. These systems use an indoor evaporator unit to absorb the heat in your home and a separate outdoor unit to release the heat outside. This type of system is usually fairly cost efficient, but it requires your home to have an existing indoor furnace, with which many mobile homes are already equipped.

Packaged Air Conditioning

If your home does not have an indoor furnace, one of the most popular means of mobile home air conditioning installation is packaged air conditioning. Packaged air conditioners combine all of the components of a split system into one outside unit. This unit is placed outside of your home so that a separate indoor unit is not necessary. Packaged units are often a great solution for the limited space available for AC installation in manufactured homes.

Ductless Air Conditioning

Ductless mini split air conditioning is a great solution for mobile homes without any existing ductwork installed. As with central air conditioning systems, mini splits require an outdoor unit and one or more indoor air handlers. However, unlike central air conditioning, these systems do not need to use any ducts. Instead, air handlers are installed in different areas of your mobile home, and these freestanding units can often be controlled via individual thermostats.

Ierna’s Heating & Cooling offers top-of-the-line air conditioning installation for your mobile home in Wesley Chapel. To learn more about mobile home air conditioning installation, call us today!

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3 Reasons to Replace Your Thermostat

Friday, July 11th, 2014

It’s small but powerful. It controls your entire air conditioning system with a simple click. And when it’s off, your whole system is off.

Yes, we are talking about your thermostat, and sometimes, it can be the one thing that is making your entire system malfunction. If you’ve had our Ierna’s Heating & Cooling technicians visit your home more than once to fix the thermostat, and are continuing to have problems with it, it may be time for a thermostat replacement for your Tampa air conditioning system.

Reasons to Replace Your Thermostat

As we mentioned above, frequent repairs to your thermostat can be an indication that it’s time to consider replacing it. Here are a few other reasons you may want to replace your current thermostat:

  • Better energy efficiency – if your thermostat has some age to it, or isn’t programmable, you may be losing out on some significant energy savings. Older thermostats may not be as accurate as they once were, leading to temperature readings being incorrect. Programmable thermostats give you a level of control over your cooling that you simply can’t get with a non-programmable one, allowing for less cooling during the quiet times in your home and more when busy and occupied.
  • Better comfort – new thermostats not only allow you to manage the timing and temperature of your cooling: you can also measure and program humidity levels and control whole-home air filters and purifiers. Being able to control your entire cooling system from your thermostat means you can tailor your indoor conditions to exactly what you want and need.
  • You are using an old thermostat – it may still work, but if your home’s thermostat is more than 10 years old, you are missing out on the better efficiency, comfort and ease of use you can get with a new thermostat.

Lots of Options, Lots of Help

At Ierna’s Heating & Cooling, we take pride in staying on top of the latest cooling innovations, including thermostat technology. We have everything from classic metal thermostats to the latest Nest and Lutz thermostat options.

If you think it may be time for a thermostat replacement in your Tampa property, call Ierna’s Heating & Cooling and schedule an appointment with one of our thermostat experts.

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How Technicians Do Zone Control Installation

Friday, July 4th, 2014

Zone control is one of the most useful additions you can install in your home. If you’ve ever wanted to vary the temperature in different areas of your house, zone control may be a great upgrade for your comfort and for your energy bills.

Zone control is installed in the ductwork and allows you to adjust the temperature in different rooms of the house to your specific preferences. This helps keep your family members happy; if you disagree about the temperature throughout the house, you can always change the temperature to your own specifications in a separate area, or zone.

Zone control can also help you to save money. If you have a large home, you may waste money every month cooling an entire home when only one or two rooms are really in use. With zone control, you can reduce your energy bills by choosing which rooms get cooled and which do not. If your entire family is watching television downstairs, for example, you may decide to turn off the AC upstairs and only cool the living room.

So How Do Technicians Install Zone Control?

Zone control can be installed either with your existing system or with new air conditioning installation. To install a zone control system, a technician must be able to access your ducts. The technician will install dampers within the ductwork in each area or zone you want controlled. A damper is a device that stops or reduces airflow by blocking the ducts that lead to that particular zone whenever the damper is controlled by a thermostat.

The technician will also install separate thermostats in each room or zone. Sometimes, a master thermostat controls every zone as well. When you set the temperature in a room, the dampers open or close to adjust the airflow so the room can reach your desired temperature.

If you are considering zone control system installation in Trinity, contact Ierna’s Heating & Cooling. Our experts can install zone control in your new or existing system so that you and your family can be comfortable, and so that you can save money on your energy bill. Call us today!

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